by Pete McCole NASCAR's worst-kept secret has finally been revealed and one of the sport's most coveted free-agents is now off the market. Joe Gibbs Racing announced today they have signed Carl Edwards to a multi-year deal to drive for a new fourth car to their Sprint Cup team for the 2015 season. Edwards will drive the no. 19 Toyota Camry with sponsorship from telecommunications company ARRIS Group, Inc. for 17 races.
NASCAR Sprint Cup Jeff Gordon passed Joey Logano on a restart with 17 laps to go and held off the field to win the Pure Michigan 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on Sunday at Michigan International Speedway. Gordon has 91 career wins on the premier circuit, which ranks first among active drivers and third all-time. It was the third time he's won at Michigan, and the first time in over 13 years.
Sets new track record Jeff Gordon, driver of the No. 24 Axalta Chevrolet SS, set a track qualifying record en route to winning the pole for the Pure Michigan 400 at Michigan International Speedway on Friday. Gordon turned in a fast lap of 206.558 mph around the two-mile oval. It is the seventh-fastest qualifying speed in NASCAR Sprint Cup Series history.
by Brian Carroccio I've written nothing yet about the accident Saturday evening which claimed the life of 20 year-old sprint car driver Kevin Ward Jr. As you surely know, Ward was fatally injured Saturday evening at Canandaigua Motorsports Park after the right rear tire of a sprint car driven by NASCAR star Tony Stewart struck him. Amateur video showed Ward had gotten into the wall a lap earlier while racing with Stewart, got out of his car after the accident and seemed to be walking in the direction of Stewart's car frustrated by what had happened. Suddenly, Stewart's right rear tire struck Ward, apparently sending him under the tire, then violently through the air, where he landed on the track.
3 Lessons From the Tony Stewart-Kevin Ward Tragedy
by Stephen Cox Most of the racing world now knows that sprint car driver Kevin Ward, Jr. was killed after being hit by Tony Stewart's car during a race this past weekend at New York's Canandaigua Motorsports Park. Volumes will be written about this incident for months to come, but a few lessons are already evident.
by Adriano Manocchia On one of the darkest days for American auto racing in the last decade, AJ Allmendinger's win Sunday at Watkins Glen International gave the NASCAR community something to smile about. Allmendinger became the biggest underdog to make the Chase for the Sprint Cup in its history by virtue of his first career victory, capping a wild but entertaining afternoon at the twisting 2.45-mile track. Our Adriano Manocchia was there to capture all the action.
by Pete McCole AJ Allmendinger earned the first Sprint Cup Series win of his career by out-dueling Marcos Ambrose over the final two laps to claim Sunday's Cheez-It 355 at Watkins Glen International. Allmendinger, 32, was winless in the first 212 Sprint Cup Series races of his career; he led 30 of the 90 laps over the 2.45-mile road course. Kurt Busch placed third, rookie Kyle Larson was fourth and Carl Edwards rounded out the top five.
Tony Stewart Involved In Fatal Sprint Car Accident
by Pete McCole A 20-year-old Sprint Car driver from New York was killed Saturday night after being struck by another car being driven by three-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Champion Tony Stewart during a sprint car race at Canadaigua Motorsports Park in upstate New York. Kevin Ward, Jr., a driver in the Lucas Oil Empire Super Sprints series, was killed after he was struck while walking towards Stewartâ€™s car following a crash involving the two drivers. Ward was caught under the right-rear tire of Stewartâ€™s car and thrown nearly 25 feet, where he lay motionless on the track.
by Adriano Manocchia Flashing the form that he used to once rule Watkins Glen International, Jeff Gordon wrestled away the pole from Marcos Ambrose in qualifying for Sunday's Cheez-It 355. A speed of 129.466 mph gave Gordon his first pole of the season and his first at the famed road course in 11 years. Amboise later went on to win the Nationwide race later that afternoon. Our Adriano Manocchia was there to capture all the action.
NASCAR Sprint Cup Four-time Watkins Glen International winner Jeff Gordon picked up his first Coors Light Pole Award of the season, topping Sprint Cup Series qualifying at the road course in Watkins Glen, New York on Saturday. The Hendrick Motorsports driver led the way in the second round with a best speed of 129.466 mph, holding off last year's pole-winner Marcos Ambrose. The Richard Petty Motorsports driver set a track record of 129.491 mph in the opening round, but topped out at 129.138 after the cut. He'll start alongside Gordon in Sunday's Cheez-It 355 at The Glen (1 p.m. ET, ESPN).
by Adriano Manocchia Experienced road racer AJ Allmendinger led Friday's final NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice session at Watkins Glen. Allmendinger topped the charts with a fast lap of 128.688 mph around the 11-turn road course. The No. 47 driver came in at fourth-fastest in Friday's opening practice. Marcos Ambrose, who was fastest in the Nationwide Series final practice earlier, came in as second-fastest. Our Adriano Manocchia was there to capture all the action.
Holds off Kevin Harvick Dale Earnhardt Jr. led the final 14 laps and held off Kevin Harvick after a late restart to win the GoBowling.com 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Pocono Raceway on Sunday. Earnhardt Jr. swept the two Sprint Cup races at Pocono this season. He became the third three-time winner in the Sprint Cup Series this season, joining Jimmie Johnson and Brad Keselowski. Earnhardt Jr. leads all Cup drivers with 10 top-five finishes in 2014.
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